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Madison Avenue Maxi Hardcover – November 30, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (November 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786720387
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786720385
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,188,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Madison Avenue Maxi is going to speak to critter lovers of all kinds with its unabashed adoration of an animal. If you've got a pet...this book will make you yip with joy." -- "The Bookworm Sez" column

"A nice gift book for a dachshund lover with a taste for the upscale life." -- "Constant Reader" column

"It's become fashionable to write dog biographies, and what dog could be more fashionable than Madison Avenue Maxi?...If you are a Ben Gazzara fan or a dog lover, and most especially a small dog lover, and even more especially, a dachshund lover, this book will pull at your heartstrings...It's harmless, pleasant and diverting--angel food for the recreational reader's palate. And right in style." -- Curled Up with a Good Book

"Tells an entertaining story...Fans of Gazzara, who often plays tough-guy roles, will enjoy this story of how Maxi stays close by." -- Bookviews.com

"[A] fun, breezy read." -- New York Post

About the Author

Elke Gazzara is a former fashion model who has been married to Ben Gazzara for thirty years. She lives in New York City where she sells a line of handmade, boutique dog coats. Her coats have been featured on the Today Show and in the New York Post. This is her first book.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tyler Douglas on November 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
"Madison Avenue Maxi" is a charming, well-written story that lovingly chronicles the journey of an adorable little dachshund and her famous people-parents, Elke and Ben Gazzara. I enjoyed the book very, very much.

While to some people, on the surface, this may seem like a simple book about a world-traveling dog and the movie stars, politicians and movers and shakers that she meets with her parents, this book is MUCH deeper than that. Honestly, when I read it, I cried. Maxi and her tale merely set the stage for a series of touching events that unfold in normal people's everyday lives: family struggles and discontent blossom into love, serious health problems become beautifully inspiring and healing moments, friendships grow and change, hardened hearts soften and in spite of unforeseen challenges, life does go on . . . and it goes on with style, with joy, with chins up and with a few barks and wags along the way.

Elke Gazzara paints a vivid picture of her "best friend" Maxi that will touch your heart and make you wish you had a Maxi of your very own. But don't take my word for it!!! Read for yourself. ; )
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lynda Lippin VINE VOICE on May 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Having a dog is no easy task. They require a lot of work and personal interaction -- talking, walking, bathing, grooming, and just plain old loving -- dogs need their people as much as people need their dogs. I always considered myself a cat person. I grew up with Mittens, our family tabby who died at the old age of 12, and since then have adopted several cats that I watched get old and finally leave the mortal coil. When we moved to Turks & Caicos I brought three cats with me from the states.

So when my husband, who moved a few months before me, started talking about this stray potcake who kept following him home smiling all the way, my first response was, "Please just don't feed it!" We had a disastrous dog adoption experience once and I did not want to repeat that ever again. Long story short, suffice it to say that Smiley's picture graces my Blackberry, we keep a supply of treats on the kitchen counter, and I now understand the "dog thing".

Elke & Ben Gazzara happened into their lovely Maxi in a similar way. Elke's daughter adopted a dog and then couldn't keep her. Ben did not want a dog in the house, and as a working actor with much traveling a dog was not convenient. But that little dachsund Maxi wormed her way into their house and then into nearly every high end restaurant, hotel, boutique, party, hospital, and several film sets along the way.

But Madison Avenue Maxi is not only about a dog, but about her people. We see Ben & Elke in good times and bad, going through health crises, career changes, unexpected travel, but always with Maxi by their sides (or under the table in a bag). It is a book that speaks to the common bonds and life experiences of pets and their humans, and while sappy at times appeals to the best in human (and canine) nature, a highly enjoyable read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patty D. on November 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
What a delight! In this already hectic holiday season, Maxi was a breath of fresh air. For all dog lovers and anyone who wants an escape that is both heart-warming and fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on March 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
In Madison Avenue Maxi, the wife of a movie star provides an inherently fascinating and engagingly personal memoir of the life and times of the family dog, a miniature dachshund she and her husband adopted, and offers up whimsical, fun anecdotes on how to dog became a part of their fast-paced, globe-trotting lifestyle. Any general-interest library strong in books about pets and stars will find it a fun leisure choice indeed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By charlene loveless on December 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is a perfect gem! It is a warm, transformative story about how Maxi, a charming dog, captures the hearts and affection of a busy couple.

This beautifully designed book would make a perfect gift for anyone and certainly for animal lovers.

But readers of all kinds will love this book as it is also a fine piece of debut non-fiction writing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pugfish on July 22, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Well written, great photos and a great read. Who knew a Dashsie could be in such places? This little guy travels more than Rick Steves!!
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